Watson, a pitbull, finally got the love he deserved in the arms of Janine Guido, the founder of Speranza Animal Rescue.
It's heartbreaking to imagine how a number of strays roaming about the streets live their lives without ever receiving proper love and care. The ones who are sick or are on the verge of dying often breathe their last in complete isolation, unable to seek any help. However, there are some people who refuse to let these innocent and friendly creatures die without knowing that someone out there does care and Janine Guido is just one of them.
Guido, the founder of Speranza Animal Rescue, has been working with animals most of her life. She and her Pennsylvania-based nonprofit shelter has devoted all their energy towards rescuing neglected and abused animals and finding them a suitable home as well as a better chance at life. Although it was physically impossible for Guido to personally take care of every single animal that she had in her care, there was one pitbull named Watson who caught her attention.
Watson was on the last leg of his life when he was brought in. "The first thing I noticed with him was his eyes," Guido told The Dodo. "He looked exhausted — like he was ready to give up the fight." According to the outlet, a college student found Watson roaming the Philadelphia park all alone the week before. His body, covered with infected sores, looked painfully emaciated. And the thing the alarmed the student of his critical condition was the presence of a huge cancerous tumor on his hind leg.
""Janine Guido just knew from the moment she saw Watson, that this little fella is not going to make it. Janine is employed at Speranza Animal Rescue.... https://t.co/HjOdZGhmCS— Michael D. Smith (@mdsmith46) June 23, 2019
Once Watson reached the Speranza Animal Rescue center he was rushed immediately to a vet where he was monitored around-the-clock. Unfortunately, they realized that the tumor was inoperable and cancer had already taken over his body. There was not much they could do for the ailing pit bull apart from giving him the comfort he required. So, Guido went above and beyond to provide Watson as much care as possible. She had a feeling that he did not have much longer to live and so she chose not to leave his side.
Speaking about this intuition she said, "I had a gut feeling that things weren’t going to be good the next day." She added, "I didn’t want to leave him alone. Not when he needed me the most." Not wanting Watson's final moments to be spent in isolation, she showered him with attention and comfort for the brief amount of time he had remaining. That night, Guido piled up a few blankets in the laundry room of the shelter and also arranged for a dog bed which was placed right beside it. She then lay the vulnerable dog beside her and gently spoke to him while keeping him close to herself by putting her arms around him.
Guido then expressed how Watson fell asleep almost instantly and she stayed with him all night. "He slept like a rock all night, cuddled up to me so tight," she said. Knowing that her furry friend did not have long to live she could not hold back her tears. "I cried myself to sleep, and woke up in tears as well," she continued. No one knew how long it had actually been since Watson had slept so peacefully and comfortably in the arms of someone who cared for his well-being.
After a long undisturbed sleep, Watson woke up the next morning but he appeared to be significantly more tired that he was the day before. He chose to not eat or drink anything that was offered to him that morning. All he did the entire time was pace around the room in circles. Sadly, he passed away soon after. Although Watson did not know Guido for a long time, she gave him as much comfort and care as she could to make his last days a little less painful and lonely.
The sad truth is: Not all dogs can be saved. This was the unfortunate truth Janine Guido, founder of Speranza Animal Rescue, had to deal with when she met Watson. https://t.co/NSNGTlHzTT— THE BARKING ARMY (@norman91476065) December 10, 2018
In a similar manner, Guido too could not help but feel that the pitbull has a rather huge impact on her life in a short period of time. The night she cared for Watson, seemed to have meant a lot to the two of them and it was something that she could not forget for a long time. "I’m just so thankful I was able to hold him tight for his last night," she said. "I was telling him how much he was loved — and that his life mattered. My heart is breaking, but I would not change a thing."